Tony Leung andChinese newcomer Tang Wei will star in Focus Feature's second world warespionage thriller Lust, Caution,which Ang Lee will begin shooting later this year in China.
As previously reported here, Bill Kong will produce with Lee. Focus Featureschief executive officer James Schamus will serve as executive producer. Focusholds worldwide rights excluding Asia.
Adapted from a short story by the late Chinese author Eileen Chang, Lust,Caution takes place at a time ofintrigue in 1940s Shanghai and follows a young woman (Tang) as she getsinvolved with a powerful political figure (Leung).
Leung's many credits include In The Mood For Love, 2046,Infernal Affairs and Hero. Tang recently won awards for her role in thetelefilm Jinghua Swallow and is ashort story writer, playwright and theatre director.
"Paired with a great star like Tony Leung, Lust, Caution will be a wonderful introduction for Tang Wei to theworld film community," Schamus said. "She is a young actress of intelligenceand major big screen potential, and together they are the perfect protagonistsfor this thrilling story."
"It's exciting for me to be making a movie in China again, and to finally beworking with Tony Leung on a project," Lee said. "Tang Wei has already shownsuch versatility in her early work that I knew she was the ideal actress toincarnate the many sides of Wang Jiazhi."
Also newly cast in Lust, Cautionis Chinese pop idol and actor Wang Lee Hom, who will play a young studentinvolved with Tang's character.